Twenty food bloggers gathered in the demonstration kitchen in Longo’s Maple Leaf Square location for a preview of the Sip & Savour Ontario event being held October 19 at Steam Whistle Brewery. Longo’s head chef David Ashlee and well-known wine writer Tony Aspler took us through a multi-course tasting menu that included some excellent Ontario wine pairings.
As Tony said, the idea of the Sip & Savour event is to bring award-winning Ontario wine to consumers. By opening it to the public, the awards go beyond an opportunity for the industry to recognise its leaders.
Food pairing stations will help demonstrate to attendees how well the wine from the participating wineries matches with food. Highlights from the list of guest chefs include Chef Anne Yarymowich of Frank Restaurant at the AGO and Chef Kevin McKenna of Globe Bistro.
At the preview event Chef Ashlee paired each course of his meal with an award-winning local wine. These were the Château des Charmes 2008 “Old Vines” Riesling with salmon ceviche crepes; the 2007 Reserve Cab Franc from Kacaba paired with lamb chops and stuffed grape leaves; and Konzelmann’s 2008 Vidal Special Late Harvest with a chilled cucumber soup for dessert. Prior to the meal itself, we also enjoyed a glass of the Peller Estates Ice Cuvée Rosé.
On the 19th, hungry attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in Toronto’s burgeoning food truck scene. The El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Gorilla Cheese, and Cupcake Diner trucks will be parked outside the event and will be offering a sample of their menus.
House Link is the community partner of Sip and Savour. They provide housing and support services for those fighting mental illness. Both through community kitchens and life skills education, food is a critical component of the organisation’s programming.
Proceeds from the silent auction at the event will go to benefit House Link.
Sip & Savour will be held next Wednesday, October 19 in The Roundhouse at Steam Whistle Brewery. Tickets are $65 (a discount is offered to wine club members) and can be purchased through their website. More information can also be found through their Facebook page here.